Kathryn Shuman is a versatile soprano, and composer based in Los Angeles. As an avid explorer of vocal sounds and vibrations, she is continually finding ways of implementing found techniques in her music performance— anywhere from baroque classical, opera, experimental, contemporary, and improvisatory music. She has performed with opera companies including LA’s leading avant-garde opera company, The Industry. Most recently, she has performed at the Ojai Musical Festival for a West-Coast Premier of John Luther Adams' Sila: Breath of Life, LA Philharmonic's Green Umbrella Series at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and REDCAT as a part of the "Hotel Theory" event. Shuman’s improvisatory and vocal-driven original music has been commissioned and premiered by the Contemporary Choral Collective of LA (C3LA), and has been performed at venues including the Troubadour, Highways, Electric Lodge, Automata, Art Share LA, MorYork Gallery, Baik Art Gallery, Character Projects, the Rockwood Music Hall (NYC).
She looks forward to her solo debut with the LA Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall in a landmark new production of Meredith Monk’s inventive opera ATLAS in June 2019, directed by Yuval Sharon.
As someone who craves discussion about ecological issues, Kathryn has created a set of music to bring awareness to particular environmental issues relating to endangered migratory bird species. In July she be went on an American East-Coast tour of this music via bicycle.
Kathryn earned an MFA degree in Voice Performance at California Institute of the Arts May 2016, and a BM degree in Voice at Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB in 2014.
Shuman is voice faculty at Pasadena City College teaching Voice Techniques classes and private lessons. She aims to guide each of her students to find freedom in singing, and enjoyment and acceptance of their own unique voice, while honing technical skills of how the voice functions as a full body instrument. Healthy and freeing alignment, efficient breath use, resonant goals, and musical connection/expression are at the core of her teaching. Kathryn is open to and experienced in teaching lots of different types of healthy vocalization. She’s experienced in teaching opera, experimental, contemporary, jazz, improvisatory, North Indian classical singing, and music theory systems.